The Common Council for the City of Attica met by Zoom for an emergency meeting on December 12th, 2020 to discuss utility disconnects.
Those present at the meeting were: Council Members: Mr. Larry Grant, Mrs. Kaylie Carnahan, Mrs. Patricia Hargan and Mr. Scott Voorhees. Also, present were: Mayor, Duane Roderick, Attorney Jud Barce, Attorney Ingrid Barce and Clerk-Treasurer, Joanne Broadwater.
The Common Council for the City of Attica convened via a Zoom call to discuss the utility disconnects that occurred on Friday December 11th, 2020. December was the first month of the changed disconnect date. The date changed from the 20th to the 10th of each month. There were a lot of comments on Facebook that the Council felt they needed to discuss including several residents that reconnected their own water service after the city disconnected the water at the meter.
The Council decided to allow the disconnects to remain in effect and to have the City Attorney, Jud Barce send out letters to the utility customers that reconnected their own service, indicating that reconnecting their own service is considered utility theft.
The Council also decided to amend the utility ordinance at the regularly scheduled December meeting to state if the 10th falls on a Friday or before a holiday the utilities will not be disconnected until the next regular business day. The Council also set the deadline for disconnect payments as 8 am on the 11th or the next business day if the 10th falls on a weekend or holiday. All payments received by 8 am on day following the due date will be considered paid on time, any payments received after 8 am the day following the due date will be processed as disconnected, and fees associated with disconnection will apply even if the disconnect amount is paid in full prior to the physical disconnection of the utility service.
There was no further discussion, the meeting was adjourned.